Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
Nigerian Institution of Surveyors has been challenged to assist the three tiers of government in providing lasting solution to the boundary conflict facing the country.
A Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Mahmud Yayale Ahmad, gave the challenge at the opening ceremony of the 53rd annual General Meeting and conference of the Institute with the theme: ‘Unlocking Nigeria’s Land Capital, Surveying and Mapping for Economic Recovery’ held in Bauchi last Tuesday.
Yayale recalled that for over the years, the federal government has given special attention to land development for the economic enhancement of the people.
He attributed the challenges facing surveying profession to inability of some members to discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the ethics of their profession.
The former SGF hoped that the outcome of the conference would assist the efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to achieve sustainable and economic development in the country.
Speaking at the occasion, the National President, Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Akinloye Olufemi, called on the federal government to work in partnership with the Institute to achieve its land reforms agenda.
Olufemi said the establishment of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) departments by the state governments is to ensure transparency in land administration.
Declaring the Conference opened, the Bauchi State Governor, Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar, described the theme of the conference as timely, in view of its importance towards improving the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the government through land administration.
The governor said the state government is committed to support the Institute for effective land administration and economic development of the state.